Scott Harvey doesn’t pay much attention to the scoreboard when he is playing in golf tournaments.
If Harvey had been watching the leaderboard for the 98th Carolinas Amateur, he would find his name in a familiar spot – at the very top.
Harvey put together another solid round Saturday, shooting a 2-under-par 69 to extend his lead heading into Sunday’s final round at the Charlotte Country Club.
“I really don’t look at the scoreboard, and I really don’t want to know who’s leading,” said Harvey, who leads with a 7-under 206 through three rounds. “I figure that if I shoot the way I can play, then the score will take care of itself.”
With a win, Harvey, who is from Greensboro, will become the tournament’s first back-to-back champion in 24 years – the last was Morganton’s Matt Peterson in 1987-88 – and the ninth player to win two or more titles.
A win would also make Harvey and his father, Bill Harvey, the first father-son duo to each win two or more Carolinas Amateur titles. Bill won the tournament a record three times, in 1964-65 and 1973.
Scott Harvey isn’t paying attention to that, either; he is focused on his game.
Harvey had three birdies and a bogey Saturday, and nearly salvaged par on the bogey after hitting his tee shot into the trees on the par-4 15th hole.
Instead, Harvey left an eight-foot putt for par short, negating a birdie he picked up on the par-4 14th hole that had extended his lead to four strokes.
“That was really the only bad hole I had,” said Harvey, who has 10 birdies and three bogeys for the tournament. “Everything else was pretty solid.”
Harvey will tee off at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the final group with Mooresville’s Steve Harwell and John Varol of Weddington, who are tied for second, three shots back at 209.
Harwell moved into contention by shooting a 3-under 68 Saturday, while Varol – a member of TPC at Piper Glen – charged up the leaderboard with a 5-under 66, the day’s low round.
Varol was one of three players to shoot 66 Saturday, along with Chase Wilson of Arden and Waxhaw’s Paul Tucker. Wilson and Tucker are tied for fourth with Richard Fountain of Raleigh at 211.
Seven players, including first-round leader David Gies II of Charlotte and 2010 champion Logan Harrell of Huntersville, are tied for seventh at 212. Gies, who shot 71 Saturday, and Harrell (72) are joined there by Jordan Walor of Wake Forest (73), William Starke of Chapin (72), Carson Young of Pendleton (68), Walker Taylor IV of Wilmington (68) and Justin Clement of Lexington (70).